Architecture and Design

Consists of more than 18,000 objects dating from the 1500s to the present, comprising one of the preeminent modern and contemporary design collections of any comprehensive museum in the United States.
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Building outside the box

Explore architecture with the idea that buildings don't have to be box-shaped. Students will create their own architectural designs by literally thinking outside the box.

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A Butterfly’s Perspective

Children will examine images of traditional buildings and compare them to what they see in the Frederic C. Hamilton Building. They will then imagine they are butterflies flitting about the Frederic C. Hamilton Building and describe differences they notice.

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Do You See What I See?

Students will work with a partner in a fun activity that helps them see the importance of finding precise words to describe the Frederic C. Hamilton Building. They will then learn how research can expand their understanding of the Frederic C. Hamilton Building beyond what they examined and learned about it from visual images alone.

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Architect and the Public in Public Architecture

Students will learn how a public building reflects the ideas of the architect and compare this to how the public perceives the building. Students will look at the Frederic C. Hamilton Building, read about the architect Daniel Libeskind, and interview people about their perceptions of the Frederic C. Hamilton Building to better understand the similarities and differences in the architect’s and the public’s points of view.

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The Things People Build

Children will have time to construct their own “buildings.” They will then look at an ancient structure, followed by the Frederic C. Hamilton Building and the North Building, and talk about the different shapes, styles, and materials used for construction over the course of history. A comparison to the buildings they’ve fashioned, followed by a chance to build their own “forts,” winds up the lesson.

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Sensing a Different Way

Students will start by exploring the ways in which architect Daniel Libeskind broke boundaries when designing the Frederic C. Hamilton Building. They will engage in a series of creativity exercises designed to enhance their understanding of critical thinking and problem solving.

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A Spider’s Perspective

Students will first pay attention to details about the Denver Art Museum’s North Building and then imagine they are a spider, or other small creature, and write a short piece about exploring the outside of the building from this new perspective.

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What Do You See When You Bend Your Knee?

Students will explore shapes and angles through body movement and hands-on manipulations within the context of the Denver Art Museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building.

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Out of the Box

Throughout the lesson students will delve into their imaginations using activities and tools designed to explore the Frederic C. Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum. They will engage in creativity exercises, build their own “buildings,” and compare their experiences with the creative process used by architect Daniel Libeskind and his team when building the Hamilton Building.